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Thin is in, again

This week at the 2006 Korea Electronics Show, Samsung showed off a 17-inch AMOLED that was only 12mm thick -- the panel itself is only 1.8mm thick. Being one of the thinnest in the world, the display is based on organic LED technology and produces brightness and image quality to LCD displays available today. This display is able to run at 1600x1200 resolution, which is the sweet spot for many of today's larger format displays. At 17-inches however, 1600x1200 may be a bit too much for some.

Performance for the new AMOLED screen also appears to be excellent. Pixel response time is rated at an extremely fast 0.01ms. The screen has a constrat ratio of 1000:1 and a brightness rating at 400cd/m2. In terms of specifications, both constrat and brightness appear to be on par with most of today's popular LCD panels, which indicates that AMOLED technology definitely has room for maturity. Full specifications are as follows:
  • Screen size: 345.6 x 259.2mm
  • Aspect ratio: 4:3
  • Viewing angle: >170 degrees
  • Resolution: 1600 x 1200 (UXGA)
  • Pixel pitch: 216um
  • Response time: 0.01ms
  • Colors: 262,144
  • Brightness: 400cd/m2
  • Contrast ratio: 1000:1
One of the current limitations appear to be the color support of the screen, supporting only 262K colors instead of the millions of colors of today's LCDs. The other issue is that most consumers expect screens to be produced in a 16:9 or 16:10 aspect ratio these days. The 4:3 aspect ratio is definitely on the way out.

Despite a few needed improvemnts, it's clear that AMOLED technology holds a great deal of promise. Thin products are becoming the norm and TVs and displays being thin are no exception.


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By peternelson on 10/23/2006 11:57:02 PM , Rating: 2
I think you will find John Logie Baird (the UK inventor of television) used a scanning system with a 1:1 aspect ratio by scanning with a rotating disc.

Therefore your patent would fail under "prior art" considerations.

I think widescreen is useful, but I also have an HP 1740 rotatable 4:3> 3:4. Vertically this is superb for web browsing as I find that most sites when they fill the screen horizontally can be read completely in the vertical without scrolling and that saves a lot of time.

To take advantage of the human eye's viewport, several screens (of 4x3 or 16x10) can be placed side by side, and multiple screen use has a lot of advantages.


By Le Québécois on 10/24/2006 2:34:23 AM , Rating: 2
Well...just so we understand each other...the 1:1 ratio WAS irony.

And the wide screen thing at the gaming company I was talking about, I never said they didn't use more than one 16:10 monitors, just that it was the ratio used by the whole staff( except maybe for the receptionist.)


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